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TREMAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

2018-19 TREMAINE TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

GINO & DENISE VACCARO

The Future Dance Center – Buffalo, NY

Gino and I are the owners and artistic directors of The Future Dance Center in our hometown of Buffalo, NY. We have each been teaching dance for over 30 years, having both started when we were kids. When I met Gino, he was ready to quit dance but I said, “Before you quit, just try this Tremaine thingy and if you don’t like it, then quit.” Well, when we went to the Grand Hyatt in New York City and took classes at Tremaine for the first time with Joe Tremaine and the likes of Barry Lather – the rest was history.

Later when we moved to Los Angeles, we studied with Joe, Jackie Sleight, Michael Rooney, the list goes on and on. We worked as professional dancers and choreographers, including jobs for E!, Sony, various commercials and industrials and the film I’ll Do Anything choreographed by Twyla Tharp. In addition, we taught at Tremaine Dance Center in LA and worked with their scholarship program and teen performance company. Gino taught on tour with Tremaine Conventions for several years in the mid 90’s leading us to become even more a part of the Joe Tremaine Family. However, receiving praise on our choreography from our idols including Michael Peters, Dee Dee Wood and Michael Kidd, back stage after various shows are lifelong highlights.

After 10 years in the entertainment industry, we moved back to Buffalo and opened The Future Dance Center in 1996. We’re proud to say that our students have gone on to dance with some of the top recording artists including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, Paula Abdul, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Brittany Spears and the legendary Michael Jackson. They can also be seen dancing in such movies as La La Land, Step Up and High School Musical, as well as television appearances on the Academy Awards, MTV Awards, the Grammy’s and the BET Awards. Now that we own our own studio there is no place we would rather bring our students than The Tremaine Dance Convention. The magic and feeling it provides is like nothing else!

We are so beyond honored being recognized as Tremaine’s 2018 Teachers of the Year! Making 2018 extra special as Gino & I also celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this October. Joe Tremaine and his convention have been the inspiration for us in life and business since the beginning and we strive every day to give back what he has given to us over the years. We owe everything to Joe. Without him there would be no Future Dance Center.

I remember years back, telling Joe, “I can never repay you for what you have done for me.”
He leaned in and said, “I did that for you, now you go do that for someone else.”
So we did.